The University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Waikato Management School
Executive Education

The Experience

Want a taster of what its like to study with Corporate and Executive Education? Check out the areas below

Learning Environment Alumni Campus and Culture
What sets us apart? Accreditation Teaching Staff
Leadership Development

Learning Environment

Corporate and Executive Education is the executive unit at the Waikato Management School, specially designed with the executive profile in mind. At the heart of our business is your transformation – our purpose is to transform your mind, your career and your organisation. Our international connections mean our teaching and research is always at the cutting-edge of best business practice and our engagement with our commercial and professional stakeholders means you are learning practical knowledge and skills. Our students go on to become leaders in the public and private sectors, graduating with essential business skills and knowledge. They have the ability to think critically and carefully and to act responsibly and ethically. And they are well connected. We work closely with some of New Zealand’s most influential companies and organisations – including Fonterra, Carter Holt Harvey, Prolife Foods, WEL Energy, and AgResearch.


Alumni lie at the heart of what we do. When you begin a programme with us, you enter a global elite network of executives who you can leverage off for expertise, contacts and advice. You can find our alumni scatted around the globe, so it doesn't matter where you come from or where you go, its highly likely we can connect you to a friendly face.

Our alumni activities are run by our alumni. We have an Alumni Board, comprised primarily of alumni, that drives our alumni programme. They know what alumni need at any given moment, because they live and breathe it themselves. Their vision is to ensure the vibrancy, engagement and connectedness of all who pass through CEE programmes.

We have regular alumni events, which often involve good food, engaging presenters and active networking, so alumni can expand their circles of familiarity and tap into other like minded, high calibre business leaders.

Campus and Culture

We have an outstanding faculty: our staff are distinguished scholars, teachers and highly sought-after business consultants. They all have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which they’re passionate about bringing into the classroom, and they make learning relevant, exciting and based on real life.

The experts that facilitate your classes are specially contracted to deliver on your programme. They are brought in from all over and are specifically selected for their broad and specialized expertise in their various areas, their active work in industry and their ability to deliver as first class teachers. They are regularly evaluated by you, and against benchmarks, so you can be sure you are receiving the most current, relevant, and practically applyable information available.

Our teaching staff confer with major companies and sit alongside senior executives on advisory boards and government taskforces. These close connections ensure the most relevant and practical business knowledge is brought into the classroom through case competitions, off-campus business projects and internships.

They are also national and international award winners for both teaching ability as well as contribution to the community in their various areas of expertise.

What sets us apart?

Leadership in Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Management

We recognise that long-term business success depends not just on profit, but on responsiveness to resource, social and environmental issues. Sustainable business is about participating in a global economy while preserving the environment, cultural values and community identities where we work. Corporate and Executive Education, Waikato Management School is committed to sustainability and our teaching embraces it; exposing you to leading-edge education, research and business practice.

In fact we’re the only business school in New Zealand to have sustainability integral to our purpose. Alongside our international accreditations the School is also a strategic partner of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and is the only business school in New Zealand to be a signatory to Principles in Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Our Graduates Build Amazing Careers

Corporate and Executive Education is committed to ensuring you receive a research-led, practice-relevant education. Your skills and curiosity are developed through an education philosophy that promotes independent thinking and collaborative work. Because our faculty are active researchers, you are exposed to fresh ideas, emerging theory and real-world, real-time business cases.

At Corporate and Executive Education, you encounter real-life business challenges first-hand. This practical work is underpinned by a strong theoretical base and practical business skills that ensure you are equipped to make an impact from the day you walk in the front door.

International Reputation & Connectivity

You will benefit from the significant role we play on the international scene through world-leading research, and strong links to multinational companies and major universities. Our faculty members come from the best universities in the world and are our biggest asset. They bring with them rich experience gained through international research and consulting connections to provide education that equips you for the global business environment.

Our student body is truly multi-national; international students come from many countries to study with us and make up a significant proportion of our student body. The friendships and networks our students make stand them in good stead throughout their business careers, wherever in the world they are.

Supportive Learning Environment and Student Experience

Corporate and Executive Education, strives to offer an outstanding experience to all our participants. They are supported by a Programme Coordinator who is interested in ensuring your experience is first class and helping you through any academic challenges you might encounter. The Waikato Management School offers an extensive range of services aimed to ensure your learning and social experience at Waikato is enjoyable and successful. The School is well resourced, modern, with high quality computing facilities and a number of support and cultural services to guide you through their development journey.


Triple Crown Accreditation

Corporate and Executive Education, Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools that have earned “Triple Crown” status – an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education. We’re accredited by AACSB (The United States based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) – the world’s longest established assessor of business education, EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs). Only one percent of the world’s business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.

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